TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 29: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning talks with a fan during pre-game warm-ups before the start of the game against the Ottawa Senators at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 29, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers